How to Repair Cracked Plaster Walls

Cracks in your walls are never good news. You can avoid the negative impact that they have on the value and appearance of a house through gyprock repair and gyprock wall repairs before their damage is irreversible.

If you’re looking to carry out gyprock wall repairs in your home and want it done quickly with little expense, consider using simple tools from the store. However, if cracks or distortion on surfaces indicate significant settling problems (or potential structural ones), have an expert inspection before tackling any gyprock repairs yourself.

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Plaster Crack Repair Versus Gyprock Repair

Drywall is a key component in any house, but it can be difficult to fix when something goes wrong. The solution often lies in removing just those parts that have been damaged.

In comparison, plaster walls are made up of two layers: the outer plaster and the inner wooden or metal lath. If you have an older home with this type of finish, it’s best to preserve what exists and simply patch up the plasterboard rather than tearing out all existing materials.

Prepare The Surface For Gyprock Repair

When opening up the crack, use your putty knife to widen it and give more surface for plastering. Sand around any gaps or rough spots on paintwork so that everything is evened out before applying joint tape over these areas as well.

Fixing Drywall

When you have cracks in your gyprock, this is the most simple kind of crack to repair. After you have prepared the crack, cover each site with some joint tape and begin applying the joint compound in layers. Extend these layers a few centimetres beyond the top and bottom of the crack and continue applying the compound until the crack is covered. Leave to dry and sand so it is ready for painting.

If you are dealing with a hole or large crack, it is often better to use a fine saw to remove the damaged area and replace it with fresh gyprock.

How To Cut Gyprock

It’s always better to use a saw that has fine teeth for cutting plasterboard. This will give you a cleaner cut than saws with wider teeth. It is recommended that you get a specialised plasterboard or gyprock cutting saw because cutting through this material can dull the teeth on a traditional wooden saw. You can get a plasterboard or drywall saw from your local tool store.

How To Repair Plasterboard

A joint compound is a great way to fill in small cracks or gaps that form when water or water vapour seeps through the plaster. However, if you find yourself with an area pulling away from your lath because it has broken apart completely, then there are two more steps before proceeding. First, use a conditioner spray on both surfaces. Then apply adhesive after letting them dry overnight.

This advice should be considered general in nature and it always pays to have the experts inspect any cracks you have in your home or business to ensure that there are no severe underlying causes.

Give the team at Southern Ceiling Repairs a call to arrange an inspection and free, no-obligation quote for wall and ceiling gyprock and plasterboard repairs today.

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  • Mark Churms

    Mark Churms is the owner and operator of Southern Ceiling Repairs, specializing in plasterboard ceiling and wall repairs and installations. With years of hands-on experience, Mark focuses on delivering consistent and high-quality plasterboard repairs and installations.